"Wolf Creek Pass way up on the Great Divide..."
Pagosa Springs Travel Blog› entry 7 of 10 › view all entries
Saturday, July 20, 1996
Today we head back towards home. We wonâ€™t be home tonight, because we are going to spend most of the day in the
After checking out of our hotel, and getting a drive-thru breakfast from Burger King, we jumped on Highway 160 and headed east.
The trip through the San Juans continued the landscape overload we had been experiencing the last 48 hours. For about 1 Â˝ hours we drove admiring the blue sky, green valleys, grandiose mountains and the occasional animal spotting. That picturesque drive ended with us pulling into Pagosa Springs.
My last entry mentioned singer, CW McCall. He had another tune called â€ś
I didnâ€™t see a feed store, but I did think of the song as we started our ascent up to the pass. Itâ€™s not as treacherous as CW makes it out to be, but Iâ€™ll bet itâ€™s a real bitch in the winter. The grades are 7% and 8% on both sides. Very steep. The tunnel in the song is actually a snow shed. This is a cover built over the highway to prevent the frequent avalanches from blocking the highway in this area. It did seem like a tunnel, though. The whole area is just stunning, with every curve bringing a new perspective on our
Once over the pass, we started our descent into the
This part of the drive was bit boring. Lots of flat open space, with various shades of brown and grey. It took another 1 1/2 hours at highway speeds, on flat terrain to get from the lower end to the upper end of the valley. But, the turn onto US 50 meant we were almost there! Another hour or so and we would be at the gorge. I couldnâ€™t wait.